Thursday, November 24, 2016

A Curvy Comparison

Like many collectors, I was thrilled to see Mattel introduce diverse body types this year. I bought and then introduced my first curvy fashionista months ago in this post. Then I was even more excited to learn that we would get an articulated curvy doll as the second release in Carlyle Nuera's Harlem Theater collection. Madame Lavinia moved to Dollton in mid October shortly after her release date. If you're wondering how she compares to the curvy fashionistas, then read on. Doll nudity follows. Consider yourself warned.

In the picture below, you can see that Lavinia (in yellow & black) looks taller than Elon (in blue). Your eyes aren't playing tricks on you. Lavinia is in fact 11.5 inches tall, whereas Elon is only 11 inches tall. Both dolls are wearing fashions that came with Elon. Notice that while Lavinia can wear Elon's clothes, she fills them out differently.



With the clothing removed, you can see why. Elon is pear-shaped, whereas Lavinia has an hour glass figure. Elon's measurements are 5.25 inches bust, 4.25 inches waist, and 6 inches hips. Lavinia's measurements are 5.75 inches bust, 4.375 inches waist , and 6 inches hips. From a business standpoint, I understand Mattel's decision to give the curvy fashionistas a smaller bust. It allows them to share tops with regular fashionistas. Still, I prefer Lavinia's proportions to Elon's.



Here is a profile shot of the ladies. Elon has a more shapely derriere (aka a little more junk in the trunk), yet their hip measurements are the same at their widest points.



A shot of the dolls lying down better illustrates the differences in their legs. Lavinia's are longer and slimmer in the thigh area.



This pic is to illustrate the difference in their foot sizes. Lavinia has a higher arch, but a generally smaller foot. However, her feet are wider than regular Barbie feet at the toes. These ladies can share some clothes, but not shoes.



Here's Lavinia in a recent Barbie fashion and some shoes I had on hand. So long for now.



"Let yourself fall in love with something that simply makes you happy. If there's a place for it in your heart, there's a place for it in your home." ~collector Mary Randolph Carter

14 comments:

  1. Yes, both of these ladies are awesome! I agree with you about liking the proportions of Lavinia better - I love that she is more voluptuous, but I also like the proportions of the playline body. I have been trying to figure out a way to kitbash a body to give the playline body some articulation, but even if I don't, I still love my Curvy girls!

    Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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    1. Yes, I did have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Thank you. I agree that the curvy girls rock.

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  2. Lavinia looks nice in this outfit. The curvy girls are my favorites right now. Great post!

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    1. Thanks. I just love how she looks great in everything I put on her. You've got me thinking about putting my red-haired fashionista on a curvy body since I saw the one you rebodied.

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  3. I love that Mattel added a curvy body. I hope they will come up with more curvy articulated bodies in various shades. That would be great.

    Thank you for the comparison. I had heard the proportions were different, but not the height or the foot size between the two.

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    1. You're welcome. And I vote yes to more curvy gals in diverse skin tones, too.

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  4. I really like Lavinia body, she does have it going on. I love all the curvy ladiies.

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    1. Yep, Lavinia is stacked. She's a brick house. Lol

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  5. Love her! Great body and love the face and hair. This is my first time hearing anything about her.

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    1. Curves and short hair made her a win-win for me. Now I need to find her a fine man. Lol

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  6. I really love the Lavinia body! The waistline give her a more womanly feel! Something about that face says she enjoys a good cocktail every now and then too! Great review!

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    1. I had to laugh at "she enjoys a good cocktail every now and then." She actually looks like my aunt and if there's one thing that woman enjoys, it's a cocktail or a glass of wine. Lol

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  7. Ahhhh, I was hoping someone would post a comparison! Thank you! I really hope they make articulated curvy dolls more accessible - I collect dolls rather than statues so I can't justify buying any of the current versions even if I do love their heads. I'd buy LOADS of articulated ones though!

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    1. You're welcome. And I love your comment about collecting dolls rather than statues. I agree 100%. I don't want hard plastic that just stands in one position looking pretty. I want something I can play with.

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